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Positioned on the shore of the Rio de la Plata, Buenos Aires is a seductive city boasting stunning Atlantic views and beautiful public spaces. Though the architecture may suggest a European port city, the vibe is purely Argentinian. Buenos Aires is a city to be lived in, and the residents make every effort to live to the fullest.
Though the skyline can take on the qualities of a concrete jungle from afar, like most things in Buenos Aires, the city is best enjoyed up close and personal. As the concrete gridwork melts away it gives way to an array of architectural splendors - the gorgeous palatial government buildings, the technicolor mayhem of the Caminito neighborhood of La Boca. the looming art deco Kavanagh Building. Each neighborhood is tethered by bustling plazas, chief among these is the centrally located Plaza del Mayo. The modern city originated in Plaza del Mayo and spread outward, and continues to be the heart of the city. This is where Argentinians have long both celebrated and protested the most important events in the nation’s history. For less dramatic occasions, locals most commonly meet in the numerous coffeehouses and bars found throughout the city where you’ll find people chatting for hours over a coffee, wine or a fernet with coke (a strong, licorice tasting Italian spirit extremely popular locally - don’t worry, it’s actually delicious).
Vegetarians beware - Buenos Aires is a carnivore paradise, parrillas (Argentine-style steakhouses) dot the city streets, the scent of flavorful grilled meat filling the air. Nothing accompanies bife de chorizo quite like a local Malbec in hand, though hey in a pinch a Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tempranillo or any other number of Argentina’s fabulous wines will do. Argentina is, after all, the fifth largest wine producer in the world.
Those looking for a night out should steel themselves for a long outing - dinner isn’t generally until after nine, clubs don’t get going until 3 am, and any night out worth your time isn’t over until the sun is up and you’ve got a Choripan (a simple sandwich consisting of chorizo in baguette-like bread) in hand. As the birthplace of tango, this seductive dance is ever present, and has a way of popping up at the slightest provocation. Tango performances are easily found in cultural centers, dance clubs, milongas (dance salons) or dance schools. It’s not uncommon for cafe tables to be pushed aside in the evening to create a dance floor, creating a uniquely romantic atmosphere.
Perhaps it’s appropriate that the uniquely romantic atmosphere of the tango club perfectly describes the city itself. Buenos Aires fosters a certain passion in all things - for sports, for food and wine, for dance, for life. Best to just let it overtake you and dance along to the rhythm of the city.